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Town hall will help citizen scientists learn how to participate in eclipse movie

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis citizen scientists are invited to attend a town hall forum and participate in a “MegaMovie” focused on next year’s total solar eclipse. Corvallis is in the direct path of the eclipse, which will take place Aug. 21, 2017, at around 10 a.m.

A town hall to educate the community on the project will take place Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the International Living-Learning Center, Room 155, 1701 S.W. Western Blvd., on the Oregon State University campus.

A team from the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley is hosting the “Eclipse Across America Awareness Tour” to bring together interested parties, including civil leaders, business owners, scientists and other community members. They will explain the MegaMovie project, which asks citizen scientists to take photos during the eclipse and submit them to the movie team. The images will be stitched together into an eclipse “MegaMovie” sponsored by Google’s new Making & Science initiative.

The town hall will raise awareness about the eclipse, introduce the community to some local activities around the eclipse, and share resources. It is hosted by several OSU departments and colleges.

The MegaMovie team is also planning meetings in Lincoln City, Madras, and John Day, which are also in the direct path of the full eclipse. Portland and Eugene will experience a partial but not a full eclipse.

The last total solar eclipse to run from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic across North America was in 1979 and the next one to do so will not be until 2045.

More information is available online at http://www.eclipsemegamovie.org/Home.aspx

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Martin Storksdieck, 541-737-8666, martin.storksdieck@oregonstate.edu

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A full solar eclipse

Bard in the Quad at OSU to present ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s popular Bard in the Quad program returns for its 11th season in August with a production of Shakespeare’s witty and romantic, “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. August 4-7 and August 11-14 on OSU’s Memorial Union Quad, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Bard in the Quad brings innovative Shakespeare productions to Corvallis in a casual, fun summer atmosphere. Performances are held outdoors and no seating is provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and a picnic dinner if desired. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” is the story of King Ferdinand and his three companions who vow to dedicate their lives to study and forbid the presence of women within the court. Their resolve is soon tested when the Princess of France and her three beautiful ladies in waiting arrive to Navarre. Love games quickly ensue as Ferdinand, Biron, Longaville and Dumain attempt to win the hearts of their guests through a series of ridiculous courtship rituals.

The play is set in an elegant garden inspired by the 18th-century French court of Versailles and will feature original music composed for the production.

The cast features Oregon State University students, staff, alumni and community members, including: Stuart Ashenbrenner as Longaville; Blair Bowmer as Maria; Grant Davis as Biron; Ariel Ginsburg as Boyet; PJ Harris as Dull; Joseph Hill as Costard; Matt Holland as Don Armado; Diana Jepsen as Princess; Reed Morris as Ferdinand; Alycia Olivar as Mote; Emily Peters as Jaquenetta; Mike Stephens as Holofernes; Kelsea Vierra-Ashenbrenner as Rosaline; Alex Weingarten as Dumain; and Reneé Zipp as Catherine.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available for purchase online at bardinthequad.org. An “early Bard special” discount is available now through July 22 on tickets purchased online.

For questions regarding tickets, seating, group ticket discounts and other accommodations, contact Marissa Solini, the box office manager, at 541-737-2784.

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High school summer experience designed to increase veterinary diversity

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a summer veterinary experience to academically talented, low-income, and minority high school students, as one part of efforts to make the veterinary profession more diverse.

In mid-August, 16 high school students will spend one week on the OSU campus. They will work with college student-mentors and take veterinary classes such as small animal rehabilitation, large animal examination and surgery skills lab. The students will also pursue a “One Health” research project and learn about preparing for college, teamwork and leadership skills.

“Our faculty work hard to provide interesting, real-world classes that will engage the interest of these talented young people,” says Dean Susan Tornquist. “Many past participants came to the program with a vague interest in veterinary medicine, among other fields, but they left with a passion for the profession.”

Admittance to the program is selective, based on academic performance, family income, ethnic background, and other factors. The program offers scholarships, including housing and meals, to students who meet established criteria, and most students are the first generation in their family to attend college. The application cycle will be open again in March, 2017. For more information, visit vetmed.oregonstate.edu/youth-summer-program.


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OSU names marine science leader from Southern California to head college

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A marine science leader from southern California, who serves as vice chair of the board of trustees for the national Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C., and president of the board of directors of the Southern California Marine Institute, has been named dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

Roberta Marinelli, executive director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, will begin her new duties at Oregon State on Sept. 30. She succeeds Mark Abbott, who last year accepted a position as president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Roy Haggerty has served as interim dean of the college since Abbott’s departure.

As dean of CEOAS, Marinelli will assume leadership for one of the strongest Earth sciences programs in the nation, with nationally recognized teaching and research expertise in oceanography, atmospheric sciences, geology, geography, and coastal studies. The college has approximately 110 teaching and research faculty, who last year brought in $39 million in research grants and contracts.

The college also is an integral part of the university’s new Marine Studies Initiative, which seeks to further expand Oregon State’s role in teaching and research related to the world’s oceans, and help address some of the issues they face, including climate change, sustainable fisheries, ocean acidification, sea level rise and others.

“Roberta Marinelli is an experienced scientist and administrator with valuable leadership experience at major marine science institutions in this country, as well as in Antarctica through the National Science Foundation,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president.

“There was a real sense of excitement about her candidacy for dean from all corners of the university – students, faculty, staff, administration and external stakeholders,” Randhawa added. “She has a real sense of the strength of the people and programs in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and sees opportunities for growth and even more excellence in the future.”

Marinelli has been at the University of Southern California since 2011. Prior to that, she was program director for Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems for the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Sciences Division and earlier had been associate program director for NSF’s Antarctic Biology and Medicine program.

She also has been a researcher and faculty member at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the University System of Georgia.

In addition to directing USC’s Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island, Marinelli oversees the George and Mary Lou Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership, where scientists and policy-makers meet to resolve environmental challenges.

Marinelli has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in marine science from the University of South Carolina.

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Sabah Randhawa, 541-737-2111


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Online map offers opportunities to explore gardens, farms and history

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The public can explore Oregon’s forests, farms, history, public gardens and more this summer through an online map assembled by Oregon State University.

From the Visitors Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to the Summer Farm Festival and Annual Field Day in Ontario, there are multiple opportunities to learn about Oregon’s natural heritage.

The map includes updated descriptions of events and self-guided tours across the state. Among the entries are demonstration gardens created and tended by volunteers in the Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program, the Fort Yamhill summer archaeology field school, the annual Blueberry Field Day in Aurora and dinners inspired by local food crops in Astoria and Hermiston.

Visitors to the Cooper’s Ferry archaeology dig along the Lower Salmon River in Idaho can learn about artifacts left by ancient Americans at the end of the last ice age.

The map is online at http://bit.ly/1S2EqSE 

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Nick Houtman, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0783

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Fairbanks Gallery to host summer-long art faculty exhibit at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is hosting a summer-long art faculty exhibit at Fairbanks Gallery from June 14 through September 28.

The exhibit will be in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on the OSU campus. It will include work by Evan Baden, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Kay Campbell, Anna Fidler, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andy Myers, Kerry Skarbakka and John Whitten.

A broad array of styles and approaches to creating art will be featured, in photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and video.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extra hours during the Corvallis Arts Walk. A closing reception, open to the public, will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

For information on the CAW go to www.corvallisartswalk.com.


Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592


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Majestic Cascadia

OSU selects noted oceanographer to head Marine Studies Initiative

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jack Barth, an Oregon State University oceanographer known for his teaching, research, and public engagement related to marine low-oxygen zones, and his leadership in the national Ocean Observatories Initiative, has been named executive director of the Marine Studies Initiative at OSU.

The MSI is a comprehensive, university-wide effort by Oregon State to address ocean health and coastal challenges by creating a global education and research program that blends the science of oceanography with business, engineering, education, the arts and humanities, agriculture sciences, forestry and social sciences, according to Oregon State President Edward J. Ray.

“The world’s oceans are facing unprecedented challenges and the need to address this range of issues – and educate the next generations of an ocean-literate citizenry – is a major focus of this initiative,” Ray said. “Jack Barth is uniquely qualified to lead the enterprise, as a respected scientist, an outstanding educator and collaborator.”

Barth has been on the OSU faculty since 1989 and has been associate dean for research in the university’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences for the past four years. He also has been co-lead of the Marine Studies Initiative since its inception in 2014, with Bob Cowen, director of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

“In appointing Jack Barth -- and with the strong leadership provided by Bob Cowen as director of the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center -- Oregon State is doubling down,” said Ray.  “Jack will lead our overall MSI activities and link those initiatives to research, teaching and public engagement conducted at OSU and globally. Bob will drive Oregon State’s Newport-based efforts along the Oregon coast.”

Ray said Cowen will continue to direct Oregon State’s HMSC facilities, fundraising and coastal community relations, and will share in the development of Newport-based academic and research programs.

“Among the goals of the Marine Studies Initiative is to greatly broaden and better connect various marine studies disciplines across the university,” Barth said.

“We’ll still focus on oceanography, fisheries, marine biology, and other science-related issues, but we see some exciting areas into which we could expand including economics, social and public policies, ocean engineering, business and others.”

By 2025, the Marine Studies Initiative seeks to teach 500 students annually at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and up to 800 more marine studies-related students in Corvallis.

A critical first step in the initiative is a new $50 million, 100,000-square-foot building that could open as early as 2018 in Newport. The Oregon Legislature approved $24.8 million in state bonding for the facility, and the OSU Foundation will raise an additional $40 million in private funding - $25 million to match the state funds and another $15 million to support-related projects.

“The new Newport academic and research facility will be a world-class teaching and research center where OSU will address many of the most pressing problems facing the Oregon coast and the world’s oceans,” said Cowen. “This center will drive discovery; expand learning; and serve as an essential coastal community asset and economic driver.”

Barth is a 1982 graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics. He has a Ph.D. in oceanography in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

An expert in coastal oceanography, Barth led an $8.4 million interdisciplinary program to study the coastal upwelling marine ecosystem off Oregon. Near-shore studies are critical because much of the world’s population lives near coastal areas, and these marine ecosystems face myriad issues, including sustainable fisheries, ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, sea-level rise and erosion.

Barth was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Observatory Steering Committee that launched the $386 million Ocean Observatories Initiative. He co-wrote the proposal that resulted in Oregon and Washington being selected as the site for the OOI’s Endurance Array, a sophisticated network of underwater sensors designed to monitor changing ocean conditions.

He also has been a co-principal investigator for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), which has received more than $56 million to conduct nearshore research and educate students.

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Jack Barth, 541-737-1607


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Jack Barth

Oregon Hatchery Research Center to host annual free fishing day June 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Hatchery Research Center will offer a free fishing day and open house on Saturday, June 4, at the center, which is located just off Highway 34 about 13 miles west of Alsea. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A small pond for children ages 5 and under will be set up at the center and it will have access for the disabled. It will be stocked with rainbow trout and fishing gear. Bait and assistance will be provided, if needed.

The free fishing day extends to nearby Thissel Pond, located approximately one half-mile from the center. A free shuttle will transport anglers to Thissel Pond, which is also stocked with trout, but does not have disability access.

The center will also be open for tours and exhibits. Concessions will be available.

Free fishing day at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center coincides with the free fishing weekend established by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. No licenses are necessary.

To reach the center, travel about 13 miles past the town of Alsea on Highway 34 and turn north at milepost 27 onto East Fall Creek Road. Drive about 2.5 miles on that road to reach the center.

Hatchery managers caution visitors to drive carefully on the gravel road; obey the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit; and be aware of pedestrians – especially children – on or near the road.

The center is a collaborative project between ODFW and Oregon State University. The free fishing day is sponsored by ODFW, Siuslaw National Forest, and the Alsea Sportsman’s Association.

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Ryan Couture, 541-487-5510, ext. 100; ryan.b.couture@state.or.us

Exhibit featuring graduating seniors’ artwork on display at OSU May 31-June 12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students who are completing their bachelor of fine arts degrees will present their thesis work May 31 through June 12 in the Fairbanks Gallery.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. June 11 and June 12. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

Thirteen students graduating from various art disciplines will be exhibiting. They are: Abigail Losli, painting; Alisa Vernon, etching; Angela Perviance, etching; Ashley Howarth, silkscreen; Claire Elise Harden, ink; Daniel Henry Melancon, acrylic; Francisco Morales, mixed media; Heather Marie March, photo; Kaitlyn Carr, collage; Merri Madalynne Long, lenticular photo installation; Natasha Anismova, monotype; Paulina Teresa Ruize, charcoal, graphite and watercolor; and Teresa Yoshiura, mixed media.

A show featuring the work of students graduating with a bachelor of arts degree will run simultaneously in the west gallery of Fairbanks Hall. Students exhibiting in that show are: Erika Carlson, printmaking; Tanner Henderson, drawing/mixed media; and Nicolette Silva, photography.

A reception will be held in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Awards for the College of Liberal Arts Purchase Award, the President’s Award for Excellence in Art and the Provost’s Purchase Award will be announced. Seniors of Distinction awards and community sponsored awards also will be presented.

In addition, scholarships will be awarded to returning students, freshmen and transfer students selected through a competitive portfolio review. They include the Stone/Sponenburgh Scholarship, the Joyce Dickerson Printmaking Award, the Norma Seibert Print Scholarship, the Yaquina Art Association Scholarship, the Freshman Foundation Award, the Helen E. Plinkiewisch Scholarship and more.

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Doug Russell, 541-737-5009, drussell@oregonstate.edu

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Artwork by Teresa Yoshiura

Teresa Yoshiura

Artwork by Kaitlynn Carr

Kaitlyn Carr

Artwork by Francisco Morales

Francisco Morales

OSU one-act play festival runs June 2-5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival returns June 2-5 with six student-directed one-act plays.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 2-4, and 2 p.m. June 5, in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. 

This year’s festival includes an eclectic selection of one-act plays:

  • “Cake Top Follies,” by John Twomey, features two bridesmaids hashing out their differences after the wedding reception. The director is Kelsea Vierra.
  • “Dark King Kills Unicorn,” by Reina Hardy, is a swashbuckling fable about the nature of love and sacrifice. The director is Reed Morris.
  • “Funeral Tea,” by Pat Wilson, is a wry comedy about a group of funeral crashers. It is directed by Sedona Garcia.
  • “The Goon,” by Pete Malicki, is a comic exposé about the lives of a super-villain’s loyal henchmen. It is directed by Brian Greer.
  • “The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From,” by Christopher Durang, is a funny exploration of misunderstandings about sex. It is directed by Emily Peters.
  • “Knockers,” by Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove, comically explores themes of religion, privacy, and sexuality. The director is P.J. Harris.

Tickets for the 2016 One-Act Festival are $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for students/youth; or $4 for OSU students. Tickets will be sold online starting at 9 a.m. on May 30 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

For additional information or disability access requests, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

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